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I will tell ya, it’s three agencies of government, when I get (to the White House), that are gone: Commerce, Education, and, the, uh, what’s the third one there. Let’s see… Commerce, Education, and the uh, um, um – (Mitt Romney interjects: “EPA?” and CNBC moderator asks “Seriously? Is EPA the one you were talking about?”) No sir. No sir. We were talking about the, uh, agencies of government – EPA needs to be rebuilt! …The third agency of government I would do away with, the Education, the, uh, Commerce, let’s see – I can’t. The third one, I can’t. Oops.
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Republican presidential candidate RICK PERRY, having a moment at tonight’s CNBC debates.

Lordy lordy.

The very “efficiency” which produced the crises is here seen as the only answer to it. The machine which, working at top speed, threatens to fly apart is to be preserved from that threat by running it even faster. Each capitalist nation will further degrade its own working population and social life in an attempt to save a social system which, like the very planets in their orbits, will fall to its destruction if it slows in its velocity.
—  Braverman, Harry, Labor and Monopoly Capital: The Degradation of Work in the Twentieth Century [1974], NY: Monthly Review Press, 1998, p.143
Great News! Doctors plan to quit in droves because of Obamacare

Obamacare is horrible. Seriously. It’s terrible. All the good things Obama and the Democrats promised you about it? Yeah, it’s pretty much the exact opposite of that. It makes health care more expensive. It makes health insurance more expensive. It costs several times what they said it would. You can’t keep your same insurance plan. You will be taxed either directly or indirectly. There will be cuts to health care in the name of the budget. You will be forced to buy something you may not want to buy. There will be less competition in the market. It will be an albatross around the neck of the economy. Employers will not hire as many employees. Bureaucrats will have access to your personal health information. The federal government will have some say in everything you do because they will be footing the bill for health care. And yes, there will be a massive Doctor shortage.

From Everyday Health:

Most physicians have a pessimistic outlook on the future of medicine, citing eroding autonomy and falling income, a survey of more than 600 doctors found.

Six in 10 physicians (62 percent) said it is likely many of their colleagues will retire earlier than planned in the next 1 to 3 years, a survey from Deloitte Center for Health Solutions found. That perception is uniform across age, gender, and specialty, it said.

Another 55 percent of surveyed doctors believe others will scale back hours because of the way medicine is changing, but the survey didn’t elaborate greatly on how it was changing. Three-quarters think the best and brightest may not consider a career in medicine, although that is an increase from the 2011 survey result of 69 percent.

“Physicians recognize ‘the new normal’ will necessitate major changes in the profession that require them to practice in different settings as part of a larger organization that uses technologies and team-based models for consumer (patient) care,” the survey’s findings stated.

About two-thirds of the survey responders said they believe physicians and hospitals will become more integrated in coming years. In the last 2 years, 31 percent moved into a larger practice, results found. Nearly eight in 10 believe midlevel providers will play a larger role in directing primary care.

Four in 10 doctors reported their take-home pay decreased from 2011 to 2012, and more than half said the pay cut was 10 percent or less, according to Deloitte. Among physicians reporting a pay cut, four in 10 blame the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and 48 percent of all doctors believed their income would drop again in 2012 as a result of the health reform law.

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It’s not just falling incomes that will contribute to shortages as this article suggests. Doctor shortages will also result from there being a flood of new patients who suddenly have “free” health care, not just because doctors are leaving the field. When people have to pay to go to the doctor (just like they have to pay for a hamburger or pay for a hotel room), they factor in price. They ask questions like: “Am I sick enough to go to a doctor?” or “How expensive is that Doctor?” etc. However, when fellow taxpayers are footing the bill, people don’t think economically. They aren’t concerned with whether they truly need to go to the doctor or what the price may be. They just go. What do they care?

Look, Obamacare is and will continue to be an utter disaster. It will make health care worse for everyone–for the rich and the poor alike. I encourage you to not be silent about it. Tell others what a disaster it will be. This law must be repealed.

House Republicans, looking for a way out of a budget standoff they began, will offer to President Obama at a White House meeting Thursday a plan to increase the debt limit through Nov. 22, in exchange for a promise to negotiate a deal for long-term deficit reduction and a tax overhaul.

The debt ceiling increase could come to a vote as soon as Friday, but House Republicans did not intend to reopen the government, hoping that the shuttering of federal programs would keep the pressure on Democrats to compromise.

“What we want to do is offer the president today the ability to move,” Speaker John A. Boehner said. The offer, he said, would be “a temporary increase in the debt ceiling, an agreement to go to conference on the budget, for his willingness to sit down and talk with us a way forward to open the government.”

The White House press secretary, Jay Carney, declined to say whether Mr. Obama would sign a short-term debt limit increase, as the president suggested he would earlier this week. “We’ll see what the House Republicans propose, we’ll see what they’re able to pass,” Mr. Carney said.

Mr. Carney also would not clarify whether Mr. Obama would sign an essential increase in the Treasury’s borrowing authority if House Republicans do not also reopen the government — leaving it purposely ambiguous while the House Republicans’ latest tactics remain unclear.

But, he added, “they should do both.”

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The New York Times, “GOP to Offer Short-Term Debt Limit Plan to Obama.”

Don’t do it, Mr. President.  Make them re-open the government first.